In a sad reflection of the troubles affecting its parent and namesake, Nortel FC is assured of relegation from the Northern Ireland Amateur League Premiership following a 2-1 defeat away to rivals Dunmurry Rec.
Club secretary John McMinn told the Newtownabbey Times that the lads had gone down fighting: "I'm not saying we were the better team, but it wasn't the walkover they were expecting."
There were also suggestions that Dunmurry's second goal was offside.
The club began life as the in-house team of Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd - later STC plc - which pioneered technologies such as PCM and optical fibres and was bought by Nortel in the 1990s.
The future of the club under its current name is still unknown. However, as Nortel struggles to deal with the wider implications of its current predicament it is not an immediate priority; the Canadian comms giant employs around 550 at its Monkstown and Newtownabbey facilities, and a further 300 in the Republic, and all concerns must be on safeguarding as many of these jobs as possible.